Drug policies in East and South East Asia continue to focus extensively on tough drug laws and their enforcement, including disproportionate penalties for drugs offences (and the use of the death penalty), compulsory detention for people who use drugs, and forced crop eradication campaigns. However, some significant improvements have been made in the field of harm reduction.
CIVICUS, Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS discuss restrictions imposed on key populations and civil society in responding to the HIV epidemic, with case studies from Indonesia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
HRI provides tools to assess national harm reduction investment and spending on drug law enforcement in seven Asian countries and insights on the state of harm reduction financing by donors and governments, civil society and community representatives.
The World Organisation Against Torture reports that some children have been deliberately shot at and targeted as proxies, adding to growing calls for an independent investigation by the UN Human Rights Council.
A report by the OHCHR confirmed findings and concerns of widespread and systematic killings and arbitrary detention in the context of the war on drugs, killings and abuses targeting farmers and indigenous peoples, the silencing of independent media, critics and the opposition.
Monash University, ADPAN and HRI demonstrate how the current Malaysian death penalty framework do not meet fair trial standards and outline significant socio-economic, nationality and language barriers.